How To Advertise for Free on Craigslist

Craigslist is a very popular website that offers free classified ads posting. This site is very useful since it claims that around 30 million users peruse their posted ads daily. Well, 30 million users that you can leverage is not a bad deal. This is probably why; most people use it to post various ads similar to its traditional counterpart, the newspaper. The best thing about the whole site is that you can post an ad for absolutely nothing in exchange. Here are the steps to get you started selling on Craigslist.

  • Log on to Craigslist. Obviously, the first step in advertising on Craigslist would be to visit the site. Type on your Internet browser and execute. This will direct you the site. Once on the site, you will have to choose a state or country where you would want to focus your advertising on. Choose the city afterwards. This will bring you to a new page where the listing will be posted in categories. Make sure to sign up for an account prior to proceeding. You cannot post anything on the site if you are not a member. Do not worry, membership is free.
  • Create a post. To create your advertisement, click on the link labeled “post to classifieds”. The site will then prompt you to choose a category for your new post. You should be able to see various categories such as housing, jobs, services, personal, events, and others. Determine the category for your ad and choose the appropriate one. If you are selling something, than consider posting in the “for sale” category. If you are providing a specific service, then choose the “services offered” category. If you are looking for something specific to purchase, then you may want to click on the “items wanted” link. Let’s assume that you are selling something so, click the “for sale” category.
  • Choose a sub-category. Once you click on the “for sale” category, you will be presented with a list of sub-categories to choose from. Select the most appropriate one for the product you are planning to sell.
  • Complete the content. As soon as you click the sub-category, you will be provided a new page where you can start writing your ad. Start with the title. Make sure it is catchy but clear. Once that is done, proceed with the main body. For this situation, you will want to include a short description for the item you are selling. Along with this, make sure to include the selling price and other pertinent information. Upload a photo if necessary. Do not neglect inserting your contact information as well. Once everything is dandy, continue to the next page.
  • Agree to the terms of use. The next page will require you to complete a verification form to confirm that you are a real person and not a scamming automated application. Fill in the word displayed on the field prescribed for you and proceed. At the same time, you will be required to read and agree to the Craigslist terms of use in order to proceed.

As soon as you execute the posting, you will receive an email notifying you that the ad has been posted. You can review and edit the ad as you see fit by clicking on the link provided to you by Craigslist via email.


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